People wonder what it would take to make changes in places like where my mother lived.  I have had so many questions about how to make a difference in a place where it seems that the institutions of government and infrastructure seem to be almost designed against significant changes over time.  I don’t have the answers.  I can conceptualise, but my thoughts seem to fall short.  For some, throwing money at a problem seems to make sense.  It is so much easier to give money than to get involved.  But, how does someone get involved in an area that you don’t actually live?  And it seems that everywhere in the world there are people suffering, and need something better. 

My mother often talked about how in her community there were 100 seamstresses and 100 carpenters, but only one good electrician, one or two plumbers.  She often shared dreams of helping to change the landscape of job opportunities so that everyone would have trades that diversified… and everyone would have something to offer so they could receive from others.  The reason why there were so many seamstresses/tailors and carpenters is that those were the two types of training they could receive readily there in the town.

One group of people that seem to have a positive idea is led by people that want to invest in the leaders.  The businessmen and women.  To invest in those who will go and create businesses that do not take advantage of the situations in which they live.  That the prosperity of running a reputable and fair business will affect others in a positive way.  Entrust .  An idea of changing the infrastructure by bringing communities together is  a powerful one to me.

Their Mission:  To Mentor and train Entrepreneurs as they break the cycle of poverty

Their Vision:  To see thousands of developing-world businesses reducing poverty, restoring dignity and renewing communities.

Isn’t that what Christ did?  He took a community of people and taught them how to take care of others.  Christ calls us to community, and uses those communities to transform the culture around them.  My mother took that to heart and just moved.  She heard the call, didn’t question it, and moved to that community where she gave her all.  Sometimes it just takes that little piece of faith, that small shred of trust.  But most of us won’t ever trust like that.  We’re all too comfortable with our material possessions, comfortable with our jobs, comfortable with our comforts to ever do that.  We’re all guilty of it.  We will gladly state that our job is our calling, and the location we live in is our mission’s field.

From a certain point of view that is completely correct.  But, then we fill our time up with television, internet surfing, games… comfortable pursuits.  Or, we fill our time up with things that help facilitate our keeping our comforts well-stocked.  Soon, even the most well-intentioned soul can look up one day and discover everything they do is meant to maintain a lifestyle.  And there is no room for investment more than throwing money at a problem, because we’re too “invested” here. 

But in what are we invested?

In Phillippians is says:  “…Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of others.”  (Phillippians 2:3-4)

That’s why we need to be in a community of people committed to see change come.  Often it’s the only way to be held accountable long enough to start to see change come.  Otherwise those that truly care and give their very all, burn out far too soon to see the fruit of their labour.  And to extend the metaphor, the crops die in the fields because the workers are so few.